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Landslide warning in Kalutara, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Galle

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) yesterday issued a landslide alert to the Kalutara, Kegalle, Ratnapura and Galle districts following heavy rainfall within the past 24 hours exceeding 100mm. The NBRO warns the possibility of landslide, slope failure, rock falls, cut failures, and land subsidence. It requests civilians in the areas to be ready to evacuate to a safe location if need arises in Agalawatta, Bulatsinhala, Palindanuwara, Yatiyantota, Kuruwita, Neluwa and surrounding areas.

Residents living Kelani River banks were advised by the Disaster Management Center to be vigilant as one sluice gate of the Laxapana reservoir was opened yesterday. One spill gate of the Kukuleganga reservoir was opened due to heavy rainfall yesterday. Residents of Palindanuwara, Agalawatta, Baduraliya, Ingiriya and areas in downstream were requested to be vigilant.

According to the weather forecast for today (4), showers and thunder showers will occur in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western Provinces. Showers or thundershowers will occur after 2.00 pm.

Heavy rainfalls (over 100 mm) are expected.

The Meteorology Department stated that temporary localised strong winds may occur during thunder showers.

The public is requested to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by lightning activity.